Author Archives: Jessica Miller-Merrell

About Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR is a HR consultant, new media strategist, and author who writes at Blogging4Jobs. Jessica is the host of Job Search Secrets, an internet television show for job seekers.

Twitter Recruiting
Twitter Recruiting

4 Clever Twitter Search Shortcuts for Recruiting

Twitter Recruiting

Twitter is the place where news breaks, sports fans congregate and job seekers flock.  It’s an easy social network where you can network and engage users in 140 characters and for most of us that is from your mobile device.  Tweets happen in rapid fire with Twitter now reporting more than a 500 million tweets per day. But how do you search through all this information?
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Twitter for Large Corporations
Twitter for Large Corporations

How Large Corporations Recruit on Twitter

Twitter for Large Corporations

Twitter is becoming increasingly popular for companies to distribute relevant job search advice and job opportunities. As a company, if you’re out there with a twitter handle dedicated to pushing out employment opportunities and job search advice, don’t lose sleep if you can’t figure out the right mix. We’ve come up with a few suggestions on how to handle your own account and examples of how Fortune 500 companies use theirs.
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best in practices
best in practices

5 Ways NOT to Contact Candidates on LinkedIn

best in practices

LinkedIn has a job board and candidate database for the purposes of connecting professionally online and finding job seekers to fill corporate roles.  LinkedIn reports +175 million registered users across 200+ countries. There are LinkedIn best practices when engaging and reaching out to candidates. Here are 5 Ways Not to Contact Candidates on LinkedIn:
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Social Recruiting
Social Recruiting

Social Recruiting: Identify, Follow, Share, And Contribute

Social Recruiting

In the new world of social recruiting and employer branding, best hiring practices go beyond traditional methods of advertising your job opening.  One must identify, follow, share, and contribute to grow relationships, build rapport, and woo the top talent to your organization.  When it comes to recruiting job seekers, take a look at the history of recruiting technologies to see how we have arrived at the five stages of social recruiting:
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Collaborative Hiring
Collaborative Hiring

Hiring as a Team Leads to Better Hires

Collaborative Hiring

As business practices adapt to workforce’s new generations, more companies will adopt a collaborative hiring processes. The group, instead of a single manager, will be the decision makers. I’m not saying buy in from leadership doesn’t help (it does); management should set the expectation and guidelines. However, the success of current employees drive the acquisition of new employees. To overcome the time commitment and locality limitations of hiring, having a good hiring system should be the first order of business. Read more

Parenting is like Recruiting
Parenting is like Recruiting

What Parenting Taught Me About Hiring

Parenting is like Recruiting

Parenting a toddler takes patience, consistency and a really good sense of humor.  These traits help the hiring manager or recruiter when dealing with New Hires or Soon to be New Hires.  While most quality candidates usually don’t behave like children, there are some similarities in negotiating that could make you wonder if as the hiring manager, you REALLY are everyone’s parent or if toddlers are a lot smarter than moms and dads give them credit for.
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Interview Tell
Interview Tell

The 3 Most Universal Tells in an Interview

Interview Tell

Aside from the actual job offer itself, interviewing a candidate is the single most important part of the recruitment.  While sourcing and posting your online job ad is never easy, the interview process can be long, intense, and complicated.  The interview relies on two people, typically the hiring manager and the job seeker to meet, engage, share, and develop a relationship with one another.  Not every job seeker that meshes well with the interviewer is the ideal candidate for the position.  Sometimes personal preferences, interests, and commonalities get in the way of a great hire.
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packing a bag
packing a bag

How Packing a Suitcase is Like Writing a Job Ad

packing a bag

I am a master packer. Seriously, I am a pro. I once fit a weeklong trip to London from Oklahoma City in a carry on suitcase and a backpack complete with an assortment of clothes and work items like my phone, laptop, camera, and the assorted array of cords that accompany such things.

Proper packing of a suitcase takes planning, organization, and a little flair.  For example, I like to roll up my clothing very tightly fitting more in a smaller space.  Items are packed in order of priority and their importance with the most used items being packed last. All this organization, planning, and strategy can be applied to writing your job ad.
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shoes
shoes

Employer Branding is People Talking About You

shoes

When it comes to social media within an organization, often times the company wants to control the message.  For years our company leaders have believed that they could control the employee populations or positioning with a simple company memo or manager meeting talking points.  Enter social media, and the corporate world – and how the story of the corporate world is heard – has changed forever.  The company can no longer control the message, and personally, that idea was always a fantasy; the employer never really could.
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hr blog
hr blog

Why HR Bloggers Defy Traditional HR

hr blog

In 2007 when I started my life as an HR blogger I had no idea that I’d be “here” today.  I had given a professional blog some thought to differentiate myself among other HR professionals who served as my professional competition in the city where I lived.  As a middle manager human resource director, I’ve always had a point of view.  It just got lost in translation or sidelined due to office politics.  I was of tired of not having a voice.  Read more